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STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A father and his 8-year-old son died but two other children were rescued after their vehicle broke through the ice on a northwest Iowa lake. Buena Vista County Sheriff Kory Elston says the family came to Storm Lake to play at an indoor waterpark Sunday afternoon. He says investigators don't yet know why the man decided to drive out on to the nearby lake after leaving
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers pursuing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of lottery customers nationwide are seeking to interview the jailed insider who allegedly rigged jackpots for himself and others for years. The lawyers said in a court filing they want to take the deposition of Eddie Tipton at the prison in Clarinda, Iowa, to gather information for their case against the Multi-State Lottery Association. The case involves customers who bought tickets for roughly 20 drawings that were allegedly tainted by Tipton.
ADEL, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa school district official has been given three years of probation for embezzling nearly $217,000 over the course of several years. Dallas County District Court records say 35-year-old Melissa Lantz was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence at a hearing Friday in Adel. The judge also ordered her to pay restitution and perform community service. Lantz had pleaded guilty to theft from Woodward-Granger Community School District.
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - Court records say a man accused of killing his grandmother in western Iowa will use an insanity defense. Monona County District Court records say 21-year-old Eliot Stowe has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He's accused of fatally beating 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe at the home they shared in rural Castana. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 12.
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